Local program for the elderly opens up new spots they want to fill

Published: Sep. 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2014 at 2:20 AM CDT
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What do you do with a senior who is not safe at home alone all day, but is still too independent to be moved into a nursing home?

That's the goal for a state funded project called PACE, which stands for Program of All inclusive Care for the Elderly. 

PACE is an all-day facility with a wide range of medical services available along with activities for seniors to enjoy. It's an innovative program that has grown in three years, from helping 22 seniors to more than 100 in the Lubbock facility. And what's new now is that more slots have opened up allowing the center to care for even more seniors who would like to stay independent. And the best part is money should not be a problem. 

"It's all inclusive, so they're gonna take care of all the costs in when you're in the program, Medicare, Medicaid, the program itself, the state, so, if you have questions pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid, and how to qualify, you can definitely reach out to us," says Silver Star Marketing Coordinator Megan Vercellino.

PACE is available to anyone over age 55, even those who suffer from dementia, as long as they are not already in a nursing home or under hospice care. 

For more information, call 740-1500, or log on to their website at www.silverstar.org.

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